Quotation von Schnurbein, Georg, Rey-García, Marta, Neumayr, Michaela. 2021. Contemporary Philanthropy in the Spotlight: Pushing the Boundaries of Research on a Global and Contested Social Practice. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 32 (2), 185-193.




This article is intended as the leading article in a special issue devoted to the achievements, limitations, opportunities and risks entailed in the research and practice of contemporary philanthropy. The article first characterizes philanthropy as a highly diverse and dynamic set of social practices that has only recently been subject to the systematic scrutiny of an emerging field of research, parallel to its rapid transformation and increased societal visibility. The main debates that emerged during the last two decades while researching the complexities of contemporary philanthropy are contextualized from the perspective of multiple disciplines; and the main foci for contentious conceptualizations and societal expectations explored. In this context, contributions of the special issues are summarized. Further avenues for pushing the boundaries of philanthropy research in ways inclusive of the dynamism, diversity, multi-disciplinarity and controversy that characterize the field, while at the same time providing meaningful answers to societal concerns about the potential and shortcomings of new philanthropic practices, are drawn.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new INF-A, MAN-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Contemporary Philanthropy in the Spotlight: Pushing the Boundaries of Research on a Global and Contested Social Practice
Volume 32
Number 2
Year 2021
Page from 185
Page to 193
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11266-021-00343-9
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-021-00343-9
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s11266-021-00343-9.pdf


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Neumayr, Michaela (Details)
Rey-García, Marta (Department of Business, University of A Coruña, Spain)
von Schnurbein, Georg (Center for Philanthropy Studies (CEPS), University of Basel, Switzerland)
Institute for Nonprofit Management IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5300 Economics (Details)
5363 Non-profit-sector research (NPO, NPI) (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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